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Nikon D700: RAW
50mm f/1.4 lens
Shutter Speed: 1/250
ISO 1600

Shooting mode: aperture priority with +1/3 exposure compensation
Metering mode: pattern
Focus points: single
Focus mode: one-shot

This photo was taken on September 12th at 1:26pm. It was overcast and the light was coming from two windows that were behind me.

Megan was laying on the bed and I placed the veil over my head to hold it in place. Click here to see how I execute this technique. Using a single focus point, I focused on her right eye with an aperture of f/2.0 because I wanted a very shallow depth of field.

Below is the original and edited versions. Color and light adjustments were accomplished in Lightroom, slight skin softening in Photoshop.

When you hover over the before and after, please note the slight change in the shape of her face. In the lens correction panel, I selected ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ to correct the lens warp. This also removed the natural vignette from the 50mm lens (more noticeable on full frame cameras).

Click here for my Photoshop Retouch + Sharpening action. My entire Lightroom workshop is available online: click here for more info.

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A moment later I took the image below, I achieved the soft look by shooting through her veil.

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